Checkpoint: Effects of Stress
You are currently an associate at an advertising agency where you have worked for 2 years. You are pursuing a promotion to the position of advertising executive. While you expected to put in extra hours and some added responsibilities as part of earning the promotion, your boss has increased your workload significantly, including some projects that had been assigned to other associates. You have more deadlines than you think you can meet, plus the pressure of creating new and innovative material for your campaigns.
Answer each of the following questions in 50 to 75 words:
What steps of the general adaptation syndrome will I experience?
The first stage of the general adaptation stage, the alarm reaction, is the immediate reaction to a stressor. In the initial phase of stress, humans exhibit a "fight or flight" response, which prepares the body for physical activity. Stage 2 might also be named the stage of adaptation, instead of the stage of resistance. During this phase, if the stress continues, the body adapts to the stressors it is exposed to. In stage three also referred to as the state of exhaustion, the body's resistance to the stress may gradually be reduced, or may collapse quickly. Generally, this means the immune system, and the body's ability to resist disease, may be almost totally eliminated.
What emotional and cognitive effects might this stressor produce?
Human perception of and response to stress is highly individualized; a job or sport that one person finds anxiety provoking or exhausting might be quite appealing and enjoyable to someone else. Looking at one's responses to specific stressors can contribute to better understanding of one's particular physical, emotional, and mental resources and limits.
If this stress continues, how might it affect my health?
Stress is one cause of general adaptation syndrome. The results of unrelieved stress can manifest as fatigue,...